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Ireland sent a team of three to this year’s European Championships, held in the Russian town of Sochi.

Cadet Championships [Full results]

London-based Sophia Kalimtgis (Knightsbridge FC) defeated Dzekevich BLR and Cervenkova CZE in the pool. Drawing the 7th seed in the tableau, Sophia was knocked out 15-8 by Eid Tjulin SWE.

Robbie Cockburn competed in Men's Foil, but finished the pool without victories.

  • Women's Épée:  Sophia Kalimtgis – 59th of 80
  • Men's Foil:  Robbie Cockburn – 69th of 70

Junior Championships [Full Results]

U20 foilist Anna Lee (Paris TA / Pembroke FC) concluded the pool with a single victory over Martinez-Lopez ESP, despite going to the bel touche against Budenko UKR and Macko CZE, falling below the cut for the first time this season.

  • Women's Foil:  Anna Lee – 45th of 57

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There were huge results from Ireland’s foilists at the Barcelona Satellite, held this year in the suburban town of Sabadell.

Men’s Foil

Stephen Brown got the top result of the day, winning five of his six pool matches including his bout against world #85 Files CRO. Brown earned a bye through the L128, but fell 15-11 in the L64 to Lloyd GBR.

Following close behind, James Brosnan defeated Parra Collazos COL, Bear USA and Di Francesco GBR in the pool. Also earning a bye into the L64, he faced a tough bout against Italy’s Vicenzo Erman and was edged out 15-13.

Brown and Brosnan were joined in the L64 by Lachlan Sykes, whose V2D4 earned him a place in the tableau but without a bye through the first round. He overturned Salle Boston clubmate Abidogun GBR, going through 15-13, but was knocked out 15-6 by Aymeric Mourrain of France.

NI team stalwart Alastair Johnston missed out on the L64, earning a single pool victory over Senent ESP.

The final pitted world number 38 Carlos Llavador against Olympic silver medallist Alaaeldin Abouelkassem. Llavador took gold at his ‘home’ satellite 15-13. [Full results: Barcelona Satellite – SMF, via FIE website]

  • Stephen Brown (Queen's University Belfast) – 34th / 102
  • James Brosnan (Warwick University) – 43rd / 102
  • Lachlan Sykes (Salle Boston) – 59th / 102
  • Alastair Johnston (Salle Holyrood) – 82nd / 102

Women’s Foil

A stellar morning for Anna Lee saw her progress through the pools unbeaten after facing Mullins GBR, Vicente ESP, Raudaskoski FIN, Valero-Collantes SWE, and world #61 Liu HKG. With a bye through the L64, Lee eliminated Bitterova SVK 15-7. She was defeated 15-10 by Mexican Olympian, Nataly Michel, in the L16.

Victoria Duxbury earned victories over Alonso ESP and Diaz Martinez COL, going out 15-9 to Sirbu ROU.

Squeezing past the cut with a single pool win (over Martinez Albarran ESP), Keziah Beattie was knocked out 15-7 by Marino ESP.

Saskia Van Ervan Garcia COL – now ranked 28th in the world – took her second satellite gold of the season in a direct rematch of her Antalya final against Marta Cammilletti ITA. Cammilletti ran Garcia closer on this occasion, conceding the title 15-11. [Full results: Barcelona Satellite – SWF, via FIE website]

  • Anna Lee (Paris TA / Pembroke FC) – 9th / 75
  • Victoria Duxbury (Edinburgh University) – 56th / 75
  • Keziah Beattie (Grosvenor FC) – 59th / 75

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Fencing Ireland is delighted to announce the team that will represent Ireland at the Cadet and Junior World Championships in Verona this April.

Weapon Junior Event Cadet Event
Men’s Épée
Women’s Épée Individual
Sophia Kalimtgis*
Charlotte Slater*
Sophia Kalimtgis
Charlotte Slater
Men’s Foil Individual & Team
Eoin Gronningsater
John Robert Cockburn*
Jake McGillion-Moore*
Matthew McKay*
John Robert Cockburn
Jake McGillion-Moore
Matthew McKay
Women’s Foil Individual & Team
Keziah Beattie
Anna Lee
Finnula Mageras
Genevieve Clarke*
Genevieve Clarke
Emilia Velma
Men’s Sabre
Women’s Sabre Individual
Beth Taylor

Congratulations to all those selected. The following exceptions were made to the qualification criteria (as stated in the FI Selection Policy):

  • Cadet Men’s Foil: Jake McGillion-Moore – significant senior result from US Nationals considered in lieu of qualifying Cadet Circuit result.
  • Junior Women’s Foil: Keziah Beattie – significant result from Bratislava FIE Satellite considered in lieu of qualifying Junior World Cup result.
  • In the absence of a full complement of qualified U20 fencers, Cadets were selected to vacant Junior places in order of the best result achieved.

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Representatives from seven fencing clubs took part in the winter Level 1 Coaching course hosted by Fencing Ireland and accredited by Coaching Ireland.

The new additions to the coaches register include some individuals new to coaching, and others new to the Fencing Ireland certification system. View the FI Coaches Register here.

Successful Examination Candidates – 18 February 2018

Munster Blades:  Patrick Dight
Pembroke FC:  Joana Ramalho
Ravenwood FC: Una de Bhuinn & Meng Wang

DUFC: Crystal Percival
NUI Galway: Seán Clarke & Niamh Keogh
University College Cork: Megan O’Callaghan
University College Dublin: Owen McNamee

Fencing Ireland will host a Level 2 course in the early summer.

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There were past and present Irish internationals in action at the British University and College Sport Championships in Sheffield over the weekend.

Men's Foil (146)
9th  James Brosnan (University of Warwick)
30th  Kris Gwynne (Durham University)

Men's Épée (145)
31st  Oliver Hope (Cambridge University)
74th  Arran Hope (Cambridge University)

Women's Épée (85)
14th  Eilidh Prise (University of Bath)

Men's Sabre (123)
31st  Aidan Michaels (Leicester University)
51st  Daithi Harkin (Leicester University)

Women's Sabre (70)
8th  Niamh Spence (Imperial College London)

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Maynooth University Fencing Club hosted the second event of three Novice Series events over the weekend. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners:

Men’s Épée: Paul Begley (DUFC)
Women’s Épée: Phoebe Ireland (UCD)

Men’s Foil: Adam Neville (UCD)
Women’s Foil: Gráinne O’Connor (NUI Galway)

Men’s Sabre: Alex Reilly (DUFC)
Women’s Sabre: Bethany Rush (DUFC)

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UCD Fencing Club hosted the East of Ireland Open at Belfield Sports Centre over the February 10th-11th weekend. Congratulations to all of this year’s champions!

  • Men’s Épée: David Losonczi (EnGarde FC / Pembroke FC)
  • Women’s Épée: Sophia Kalimtgis (Knightsbridge FC)
  • Men’s Foil: Phillip Cripwell (DUFC)
  • Women’s Foil: Emilia Velma (Pembroke FC)
  • Men’s Sabre: Stephen Concannon (Salle Dublin)
  • Women’s Sabre: Naomi Lee (Shakespeare’s Swords)

The weekend’s results propel Pembroke FC to the head of the National Circuit medal table; the national rankings have also been updated.

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This weekend saw Ireland contest a Team World Cup in Women’s Épée for the very first time.

At the team event in Barcelona, Ireland drew the USA for their first-round match and went out 45-15. The USA went on to take bronze after losing their semi-final to Russia in priority. Facing the Olympic champions Italy in the final, Russia took gold 35-25.

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There were great results from Stephen Brown and Brendan Cusack at the Bonn World Cup this weekend.

Brown was V4D2 in the pools, winning against both top seeds in his pool (Siess POL and Kim KOR) as well as Billing GBR and Dahlin DEN. Progressing the the DEs with a bye, he knocked out De Ruiter NED 15-12. Brown faced Matsuyama JPN for a place in Day 2 but was unable to withstand the challenge from the world #27.

Brendan Cusack also had a successful morning. Victories over Otayza CHI, Poppel SWE, Shimbo BRA saw him progress to the tableau V3D3, but he was overturned in the first round by Clairet Roa COL.

  • Stephen Brown (Grosvenor FC / Queen's University Belfast) – 86 / 247
  • Brendan Cusack (Brooklyn Bridge Fencing Club) – 166 / 247

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Two of our Women's Épée fencers qualified for the World Championships on Saturday. Lucy Johnson and Jennifer McGeever both went V2D4 in the pools to earn a tableau place at the Barcelona World Cup

Lucy Johnson's victories over Riedmueller GER and Aksin TUR resulted in a draw against Rojkova UZB. Johnson overturned the higher seed 15-14, but went out in the p128 to junior #17 Hecht ISR. 

McGeever defeated Murakami JPN and Schmidl AUT in the pools. She was knocked out 15-14 by Riedmueller GER in the first round.

Rachel Conner defeated Kameniscakova SVK in the pool but didn't reach the DEs.

  • Lucy Johnson (Leon Paul Épée / Knightsbridge FC) – 159 / 247
  • Jennifer McGeever (Pentathlon Ireland) – 189 / 247
  • Rachel Conner (Laszlo's Fencing) – 226 / 237

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Finnula Mageras, a US-based junior foilist, got her international career for Ireland off to a flying start.

Competing at the senior world cup in Algiers, Mageras progressed to the tableau and overturned Lin HKG 15-10. She was knocked out by Samsonova RUS and placed 94th of 135.

  • Finnula Mageras (Notre Dame Fencing) – 94 / 135

Making the cut at a Senior World Cup, Mageras has now qualified to fence for Ireland at the senior European Championships and World Championships.

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Charlotte Slater fenced the Cadet Circuit event in Krakow today.

In her first international event of the season, Slater defeated Denes POL, Esposito ITA and Pekala POL in the pool to reach the DEs. In the L256 she knocked out Szklar POL V15-12, but went out in the next round to Villiger SUI.

  • Charlotte Slater (Lisburn Gladiators) – 113 / 206